Winter Wildlife

Luxury self-catering with a dusting of wildlife photography

Based at our 5 star, gold award winning, self-catering accommodation this photo-break combines serious nature photography with a flexible schedule. By keeping the itinerary as open as possible, you can arrange what you photograph and when instead of being restricted an exact schedule - a huge advantage when you consider what the British weather can be like! When the weather is inclement or you just fancy a break from photography, you have the freedom to explore the surrounding area or relax in the cottage.

By itself, the Peak District offers a multitude of unique photographic opportunities. The landscape alone is more than enough to satisfy most nature lovers but we'll aim to supplement this by venturing into the northerly 'Dark Peak' in search of the iconic mountain hare - found nowhere else in England - along with other moorland specialists such as red grouse.

On top of our excursions into the Peak District, you'll have exclusive use of our photography hides based on site allowing you to photograph species such as buzzards, jays, woodpeckers and a host of woodland bird species.

Our accommodation is situated close to several wildlife-rich habitats so on days when no activities are scheduled, you'll still be able to get out with your camera.

It's good to know from the outset that we'll be aiming to spend extended periods creating images when we're in the field and no doubt in various weather conditions. We'll share our knowledge of the species and the area with you in order to maximise our chances of producing some high-quality photographs. Just remember, the rewards for the hard work will be worth it and there's always a warm fire or hot bath available at the end of the day!

 

Bookings

You can make a booking for this photo-break online by selecting the desired date from the list. Alternatively you can call 07875 449820 if you want to ask any questions.

Recommended Equipment

  • A digital SLR or bridge camera
  • For wildlife: telephoto lenses (300mm minimum)
  • Tripod and tripod head/beanbag
  • Fully charged batteries and plenty of memory cards

Clothing

Comfort is essential to making sure you get the most out of your time in the field, therefore clothing suitable to the time of year is essential. Walking boots or sturdy shoes are recommended as some of the terrain will be uneven. Waterproof jackets and trousers are considered essential when working outside at this time of year.

Tuition

The small group size means there is plenty of opportunity for one-to-one tuition throughout the week although we expect this to be mainly on-the-fly while in the field. We like to adopt an informal approach to teaching and tuition, you're on holiday after all!

Weather

The Peak District area is comprised of a variety of environments ranging from the rolling dales to the more intimidating and exposed moorlands and as such weather conditions can be vastly different in areas only a few miles apart. The bottom line is the weather will be variable. While snow is always a nice surprise, rain is more likely.

Guide

Chris Johnstone

Chris is a nature photographer and wildlife guide living and working in the Peak District, UK and has been running Peak Nature for over 6 years. Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Accommodation

Weathericks Holiday Cottages are situated on the outskirts of the historic market town of Wirksworth and provide a high quality base for the Winter Wildlife photo break. Former barns, the cottages have be extensively renovated to the highest standard and subsequently been awarded 5 stars and a Gold award by the English Tourist Board. With several wildlife hotspots and numerous non-nature attractions in the area, there is plenty to do when no photography is scheduled. Each cottage has a fully equipped kitchen and complimentary wifi.

   

Visit the Weathericks website for more information.

Course: Photography Break

Price: £1400 Fixed (total) price

Deposit: £400

Group size: 4

Price Includes

  • Accommodation (5 Star, Gold awarded self-catering)
  • Detailed tuition and technical advice in the field
  • Use of photography hides
  • 2x photography sessions (principally mountain hare)
  • 1x buzzard hide session per photographer
  • 1x woodland bird hide session per photographer

Price Excludes

  • Transport to and from sites (we'll tavel as a group)
  • Meals/Drinks
  • Any items of a personal nature
  • Personal insurance

Highlights

  • Exclusive use of our purpose built photography hides
  • 7 nights in luxury, self-catering accommodation
  • Flexible itinerary to maximise time in field during best conditions
  • Small group size
  • Local guide with 10 years knowledge of the area

Got a question?

Need more information about this photography break? Get in touch.